Knut Johannes Knutsen Bry

Knut Bry m albuene på bordet
Spesielle kjennetegn: Integritet, Vegetarianer, Avholdsmann, Autodidakt fotograf, kokk og klesdesigner. (Foto brukt med tillatelse fra Knut Bry.)

Fotograf med mening.

Knut Bry er født 3. oktober 1946 i Hovet i Hallingdal. De som har fulgt ham på Instagram og andre sosiale medier, kjenner til at den tidligere gjetergutten, nå internasjonalt kjente fotografen, har et brennende engasjement for Lesvos Solidarity – Pikpa.

Pipka er en åpen flyktningleir bygget på solidaritet i Mytilene på den greske øya Lesvos. Pikpa camp startet i 2012.

Hallingdølen brenner også for saker som Water for Everyone, Boycott Nestlé, Frelsesarmeen m.fl.

Hender Foto Knut Bry
Solidaritet

Knut Bry går foran, bokstavelig talt. Du skal være rask til beins for å holde følge med ham, målbevisst som han er. Men – hvis lyset er riktig og motivene er spennende nok – blir din tålmodighet som følgesvenn satt på prøve. En tur fra Hallingdal til Oslo kan da ta flere dager med utallige fotostopper. Etter å ha kjørt i ett fra London (ingen soving, lite mat, men mye foto), fant Knut det perfekte lyset utenfor Sarpsborg. Der sto han i flere timer og fotograferte mens ledsageren satt rasende i bilen.

Knuts teoretiske fotoutdannelse er et fotokurs på Friundervisningen og privatundervisning i mørkerom av to onkler som var fotografer. Han kjøpte sitt første kamera i 1958 – et brukt Kodak til kr 29. Den bakgrunnen skulle vel gi håp til flere av oss. Det beste fotoverktøyet bærer de fleste av oss med oss – nemlig «a good eye». Kreativitet, skjønnhetssans, fantasi, ståpåvilje, reiselyst, tro på seg selv og en aldri hvilende nysgjerrighet hjelper også.

Det føles veldig feil å bare vise et av Knuts bilder her, men oppsiden er at jeg kan trigge deg til å lese mer om Knut, se og bli inspirert av bildene hans.

Hva fotograferer Knut i dag som 72-åring? Går han aldri trett? Det ser ikke slik ut. Instagram og Facebook avslører at det knapt går en dag uten at han deler bilder – oftest fra saker han brenner for – men også poetiske, hverdagslige perler. Stå på Knut!

Knut Brys liv hadde garantert ikke vært like morsomt hvis Photoshop hadde eksistert på 80-tallet.

Kilder:
Tinagent, Wikipedia, Boka Knut Bry utgitt på Sastrugi forlag oktober 1996

Les og se mer:
Lesvos Solidarity  Pipka Facebook  Knut Bry – Tiagent  Knut Bry på Facebook  Knut Bry – Instagram

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DOK-festivalen

2018_05_18 Leser bok DOK 18 DSCF3855The DOK-festival in Fredrikstad, Norway, is the Norwegian national festival for documentary photography and photojournalism.

The festival is organized by the DOK-foundation and hosted by Pressefotografenes klubb

The festival in Fredrikstad is an event that gathers students, professionals and lecturers mainly from Scandinavia with passion for photography” and me. 😉

“Three days of seminars, presentations and screenings. Artist talks.”

Established 2006.

I have had the pleasure to visit DOK 15, DOK 16, DOK 17 and DOK 18. Incredibly inspiring. I have met and talked to many young photo students and experienced photographers and seen the exhibitions of great national and international photographers.

Interns from the Danish newspaper POLITIKEN are valuable as crew at the exhibitions.

The DOK-festival is centered at Litteraturhuset, Fredrikstad.

Every year you can see the graduation exhibition made by (Norwegian and foreign) students from the bachelor program in photojournalism, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. 2018 they visited China for 7 weeks and documented Chinese everyday life. Presented in the exhibition and book New Era – stories from China.

I recommend taking the opportunity to visit DOK 20, you will not regret it.

Films on YouTube

Lars Dareberg
great storyteller/photographer/film-maker, filmed DOK 17 and DOK 18. Enjoy!

Film DOK 17:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R_u_J-uFq0

3 films DOK 18:

 

Lars D July 15th 2019: “Jag har med en bit om DOK:19 i den här filmen också :-)”

Some of my impressions:

DOK 15

DOK 16

DOK 17

DOK 18

f32.no Siden for norske fotoentusiaster (text in no)

f32.no er netside som introduserer seg selv slik:

“f32.no er Norges fotoside for deg som er interessert i fotografi og fotoutstyr. Her vil du finne nyheter, omtaler, refleksjoner og betraktninger om fotoutstyr, fotografier, og foto generelt.

Unikt stoff

Her på f32.no er det meningen du skal finne stoff som du ikke finner andre steder. Vi satser på å produsere unikt stoff, uansett hva vi skriver om.

Nyheter kommer du også til å finne her, men fremfor å satse på å være først, vil vi forsøke å finne unike vinklinger, belyse interessante problemstillinger, eller ganske enkelt hente frem nyheter som vi føler vi kan tilføre noe til.

Å være først ute med å melde om Hong Kong Cameras sitt nye kompaktkamera i rosa og mintgrønt vil vi holde oss for gode til å bruke tid og krefter på.

Når vi skriver om fotoutstyr, enten det er nytt eller gammelt, vil det være fordi vi synes det er spennende og interessant, og noe vi ville ønske å lese om – ikke fordi en eller annen markedsføringsnisse mener vi må. Her er det nemlig fotonerdene som bestemmer!”

f32.no drives av Are Thunes Samsonsen, Eivind Hauger, Paal Harald Mork-Knutsen og Toralf Sandåker.

Sidene er for fotoentusiaster og jeg gjetter på at navnet f32 er inspirert av Group f/64.

Ansel Adams var sentral i f/64 og gruppenavnet henspeiler på at man tilstrebet optimal (muligens også maksimal) skarphetsdybde.

På sidene finner du fra tid til annen også interessante “Blogcaster” hvor driverne drøfter tekniske og generelle Fotografi-spørsmå. Give it a try!

The Photographer Knut Koivisto

Cut from Profile on https://www.koivisto.se:
Knut Koivisto works in Stockholm and is one of Sweden’s most respected portrait photographers. In the beginning of 1997 he started his own studio concentrating on corporate portraits and as a still photographer on Swedish major movies and television dramas. Knut Koivisto’s no-nonsense portraits of Sweden’s glitterati and top magnates cut through egos, forced poses and projected personalities, right to the very heart and soul of a person. To put the person at the center and capturing a sense of reality is central to the way Knut works.

Knut teaches at Fotografiska Akademin, where he leads popular workshops in portrait photography. He has also lectured and held classes abroad, including Norway, Denmark, Germany and Japan. The switch to digital photography and the possibility with the emerging social medias has also become a great interest for Knut Koivisto. And in addition to regular workshops in portrait photo he also holds workshops in mobile photography.

KK is Fuji Ambassador and on Instagram. There is where I found him in December 2017 searching which camera should be my next. He provided first class advices and I ended up with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujifilm XF 16-55 mmf/2.8 R LM WR. Admittedly a bit over my budget, but I do not regret the investment. It’s a superb tool. The 16-55 is “not small”, but the advantage is that it stay on the camera allways. No dust on the sensor!

After my first inquiry, KK has been so kind and adviced me in other matters related to the mystery in how to realize oneself through photography. 😉

By following Knut on Instagram I have discovered his qualities and skills and standing among photographers.  In addition to being a respected portrait photographer, KK is a gifted Street-photographer, and it is as such I feel most “related” to him.

KK ran @fotografiska Instagram between October 2012 – September 2014. When he started they had about 1.400 followers, when he left it had increased to about 25.000. Since then he has also visited LensCulture, Fujifilm Nordic and @fotografiska Instagram (again May 2018).

FOTOGRAFISKA Wall of Fame by Knut Koivisto is his project in collaboration with FOTOGRAFISKA. It’s about the photographers who have exhibited at FOTOGRAFISKA throughout the years.

At Fotografiska Academy he is running a portrait workshop (del 1) and a Master Class Portrait Workshop (del 2).

FOTOGRAFISKA

on this blog > Fotografiska

Their official web-site > Fotografiska

If you want to be Inspired and learn some trade-secrets – follow my advice follow Knut Koivisto on Instagram.

Tomasz Tomaszewski”…the private, intriguing, strong visual interpretation”

Honoree Małgorzata Niezabitowska is the award-winning co-author with her photographer husband Tomasz Tomaszewski of Remnants – The Last Jews of Poland, one of the first books to recognize and explore contemporary Jewish life in Poland, Solidarity activist, and a Council Member of the award-winning Museum of the History of Polish Jews, whose core exhibition opens in October (2014) in Warsaw. National Geographic published a cover story about Remnants in September 1986, when Niezabitowska was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard; but until now, she has never publicly told the story of how the manuscript was smuggled out.

NG forside september 1986National Geographic – September 1986 – Vol. 170, No. 3

I happened to read the above quoted article back in 1986 and had the courage to contact Tomasz Tomaszewski in 2008 after a visit to Poland:

Hello,
For some time ago I came across your and your wife’s article The Last Jews of Poland in National Geographic.I found it very interesting. Last May I gave it away to a Polish friend, living in Sopot. Her husband has Jewish roots. My wife and I were fortunate and had the chance to visit Poland with some friends in 2006. We had a great week. I bought a book, “Poland 1946” by the American photograph John Vachon, in Warsaw. I only know Polish history from your article, Vachons book and a visit in Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. I’m a devoted amateur photographer constantly striving to be better and “crack the code”. I’m always looking for potential mentors who might be willing to give me some feedback. I admire your work. May I ask if you would be so kind and spare me a moment of your time and look through my “Poland Gallery” and, give me your honest opinion and if I may hope so, an advice on how to progress.Kind regards, Stein

I think more People than me should read TT’s answer and advice to me:

Dear Mr. Stein,
thank you for your email. I’m late with the answer because I was away for a month on a trip to Africa. I’m back now going rough may emails, so the answer to yours will be quick. You should come to one of the workshop I do with National Geographic. The next one is in Tuscany, Italy in May. You should look at the NG site to see the Schedule. You know a great deal concerning the technical aspect of photography, but your pictures are more of a document of how things look like rather then the interpretation of them. It is 21 century, so we pretty know how the planet looks like but what remains interesting is the private, intriguing, strong visual interpretation. Look at the Magnum Agency site, or the site of agency VII and you will understand what I’m talking about. Or simply come over to the workshop. All the best to you,
Tomasz

PS
I never did go to Tuscany, but I have I’ve kept his advice in my mind. Remnants

“The Last Jews of Poland” – This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS Device.

Why do I take all these pictures???

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I see/discover  pictures everywhere.

But why isn’t it enough to store these impessions in my brain, why do I have to share them on SmugMug, Instagram and Twitter??? Publish BLURB-books and send articles to photography magazines (I have got a few published)???

On Digital Photography School I found this  that partially answers my question:

Perhaps there is a deeper psychological explanation. Our time on this earth only lasts for so long, and a camera allows us to preserve memories far past when they might have slipped our mind. It helps us pass those memories into the hands of future generations. Our photos are little legacies of the life we have lived – our travels, experiences, food, family, friends, work relationships and more. Each photo is a window into a moment, and the collections of images we take over the years are a window into who we were and what we valued. Ultimately it comes down to a simple truth – seeing that moment captured makes us genuinely happy.

Photography should make you happy. Never let someone impede on your personal happiness. You love HDRs and someone else doesn’t – who cares? You are enamored with landscapes but your friends think they’re droll – don’t let it bother you. You’re a fashion nut but no one gets your style – just keep being you. Enjoy your photography for what it is – your own. Know that not everyone will appreciate it, but if it personally fulfills you, that’s all that truly matters. Be true to yourself and you’ll never regret a day of your life.

Additionally creative urge is an important impetus (boost) for me.

I’m a lousy drawer and I cannot Paint – my camera is my pencil and paintbrush.

If cut to the bone – ‘struggle for recognition’ (kampf um anerkennung) may be the answer.